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Published
October 4, 2016

Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN
9780385755924

ASIN
B01B0K97FM

Genre
Contemporary


Holding Up the Universe
by Jennifer Niven   



Summary

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

Review

"Very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!"  By cutetechie 9 months ago

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I have to admit, I was a bit irritated by the slow unfolding of the events. It's taking too long a time for Libby and Jack to meet. At least for me. And all the backstory interspersed between the present scenes...I felt that it slows down the story.

However, I admire Libby. She's plus-size, and while the media and her classmates ridicule her for her weight, I thought she's accepting of her body and she didn't let it stop her from doing anything or going after what she wanted. Sure, she also has fears about her weight and how her classmates would see her, and in that, she's very relatable. But at the end of it, I thought Libby has a great sense of self-worth. While Libby's weight and body size is a common problem girls faced in this thin-obsessed society, Jack's situation is more rare. It's the first I'd heard of someone not being able to recognize faces that excessively. I really feel for him and for all the misunderstandings that arise because of his problem.

Yet, these two people's paths intertwined and they became unlikely friends and more. I love their interactions, and I thought both these characters grew over the course of the book.

Definitely a very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!